Remembering the Razorback Blockade at Official Opening of Memorial
Posted on: 01.10.2019
Acknowledging the 40th anniversary of the Razorback Blockade, Wollondilly Council and the Veolia Mulwarree Trust have worked together to upgrade a truck stop memorial at the site of the blockade on the Old Hume Highway near Picton.
The improved memorial, which now includes signage, a picnic shelter and landscaping, will be officially opened on Saturday 12 October at 10am.
Ted “Greendog” Stevens, Spencer Watling, Colin Bird, Harry Grimson and Jack Hibburt instigated and led the blockade in April 1979. They drove their trucks down the Hume Highway to Razorback Mountain and pulled them across the road, blocking it completely.
Ted passed away in February this year and Council has liaised with his family during the development of the memorial upgrades.
To celebrate the opening and remember the past, musician Jim Samphier will perform his original song ‘Greendog Mountain’ which he composed about the blockade.
Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “The Razorback Truck Blockade has a significant place in the history of Australia and in the mythology of the road transport industry.”
“Truckies were frustrated by the challenges faced by their industry, including the road tax which had been introduced in the 1950’s.”
“At the time, the road over Razorback was the only route between Sydney and Melbourne, so this event had a big impact on supplies getting through to Sydney,” he said.
During the blockade, the men were joined by approximately 200 other trucks on Razorback, gaining widespread community support and starting a huge protest which stretched across the country.
The Razorback Blockade held strong for nine days and ultimately ended when NSW Premier Neville Wran agreed to scrap the road tax.
Ted “Greendog” Stevens spent a lifetime speaking out against the wrongs he felt were faced by the trucking community and is remembered as a hero in the history of the road transport industry.